Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Nova Scotia Metal Scene
Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. For my first article I’m going to be looking at three very distinct styles, but all artists that are on the verge of blowing up.
Nova Scotia, with its small population and many rural areas, might not be considered the hotbed of metal, but when you look into the underground you see a very different story. With all styles of metal being accepted and embraced, the underground is growing each and every late night.
The Worshyp currently consists of Marz Nova (vocals/guitar), Thor Rune (guitar), Mig Diablo (bass), and KK Devina (drums). It wasn’t always like this though. The heart and soul of the band founder Marz Nova had being playing in cover bands and I’m sure realized that the true rewards are from singing music from your soul, not the Top 40 Rock countdown. Marz being from a small town in Nova Scotia he knew he had to dump the tributes and move to a larger market to make his dreams come true. Hence moving to Toronto.
What it is today is a powerhouse band that blends very classic melodies, with very hard driven guitar riffs. With the new members on board Marz and the boys have almost completed their first full length CD and released their first single “Under Surveillance” to radio stations and ITunes. You can check out “Under Surveillance” and some other great songs on their MySpace page or Reverb Nation.
Jason is known primarily for his work on radio with “Good Time Metal Oldies” and “Jason Saulnier Interviews Legends,” but its his music that will be his legacy. Jason rips on an axe in a style that has been forgotten by most modern musicians who rely on effects and a backing rhythm guitarist to fill in the sound. Jason doesn’t need that fill, he has constant heavy sound that can bring a club to its knees. Watching his finger work will take you back to the first time you saw Eddie Van Halen at his craft.
Playing various styles (all of which you can see in the one video posted below) Jason has not only received praise in his community, but had garnered endorsements from Seymour Duncan Pickups and Gibson; the first in Nova Scotia to do so. He has also signed an endorsement deal with Sfarzo Strings. You combine this peer recognition with over 480 gigs and appearances on over 20 albums and Jason is a force to be admired. You can see his work at www.gtmo.tk.
Does Halifax have an underground Metal bar? Damn right. It’s not typical but if you head over to Gus’s Pub in Halifax you might have the pleasure of seeing Orchid's Curse. The band consists of Josh Hogan – Vocals, Brian Jones - Guitar/Vocals, Keith MacLeod – Guitar, Keven Mombourquette – Bass, and Bobby Webb – Drums. These death metal/black metal Maritime powerhouses are tearing up not only Gus’s but also several late night venues in Nova Scotia’s biggest city.
Gaining momentum under the guidance of Diminished Fifth Records, the band is set to release their new album "Voices: Tales of Broken Men." The album follows the emotion and human condition we all live with everyday. This emotion becomes very apparent when Josh Hogan steps up to the mic and lets out one of the most thunderous pitch savvy screams you have ever heard. This band is amazing live.
There are many other bands in Nova Scotia that deserve mention and hopefully in the future - if you enjoy this look at an often forgotten province - I will show you some others.
Check back every Monday as we delve into a different scene or genre to unearth some new underground metal bands.
Jerry Martell is an owner and founder of www.welovemetal.com. Blogs and interviews with and about all your Heavy Metal Heros. At welovemetal.com "We Give You The Metal We Love."
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